Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 11-22-2012, 07:44 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 7
Stocking a 65 gallon freshwater aquarium!

Hi all, i am new to this forum, so i apologize if this is in the wrong place....

I just finished cycling my new 65 gallon aquarium, and i am going to the LFS on Saturday to begin purchasing its inhabitants. I am semi- seasoned in this hobby, so i know that i cannot buy all the fish i want at once.

Right now, the only fish i know that i want to have are;
2 pairs of rams
And a paradise fish and rubber lip pleco from my old tank that a friend has Been holding in his tank until today.

Any suggestions for stocking? Any ideas will be thoroughly considered and appreciated!
__________________

__________________
Jenkins is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2012, 08:22 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Rivercats's Avatar



POTM Champion
Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Missouri
Posts: 13,146
Paradise fish often are too aggressive for a community. You can try but be prepared to remove it if trouble starts. If you want German Blue Rams they need to be added about 6 months after the tank has been set up. They do poorly in new tanks and are very sensitive to nitrates so large weekly WC's are a must. Bolivian Rams can be added sooner and are a much hardier fish. And remember you can go get a ton of fish and add them all at once. You have to spread it out over a few weeks depending on how many you want to add. 2 Angelfish, a Honey or Pearl Gourami, a couple schools of tetras like Cardinals, Rummy Nose, Diamond, or Lemons would work well. Rasbora's are an option also. You could do Cory Cats or Yo-Yo Loaches for bottom fish (I keep both in my 220g). Check out whiptail cats, they are a sucker catfish and very unique. If you want larger schooling fish then look into Rainbowfish as with them you have alot of color. You can use the small Threadfin rainbowfish as a top schooling fish with either option.
My suggestion would be go to your LFS, see what they have that you like and write the names down, come home and reseach each fish to see how big they get, are they good community fish, how big a tank do they need, etc. Then make a list of what you think you want for your tank and slowly start collecting a few at a time.
__________________

__________________
Rivercats 220g planted tank
Rivercats is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2012, 08:30 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 7
Thanks for your reply! I realize that paradise fish can be nasty little buggers, but I've kept mine with a few different kinds of fish. As i said, it was in my old tank with the rubber lip, 8 tiger barbs and a GBR, and he never bothered anybody. I think i just got a tame one though, as I've heard of horror stories involving these fish...

I have also kept German blues and Bolivians, and i think im going to do a pair of each, adding the Bolivians first and the Germans sometime later. I like your idea of cories, could i do a school of 8 small ones? (julis, peppereds etc)
__________________
Jenkins is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2012, 11:00 AM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Rivercats's Avatar



POTM Champion
Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Missouri
Posts: 13,146
In a 65g you could keep any species but from the 5 species I keep the Julii's are the most active of them all. They just zip around all day keeping busy while most of the other species tend to stay in the more shaded areas and with my 220g being so heavily planted I rarely see them other than feeding time. The Panda's are the second most seen and active of them. You could easily do 8.
__________________
Rivercats 220g planted tank
Rivercats is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2012, 11:20 AM   #5
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 7
Okay, thanks for the confirmation!
__________________
Jenkins is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2012, 04:09 PM   #6
Lt.
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Lt.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Butte, Montana
Posts: 809
I'm putting 8-10 cories in my 45, 2 species, but not sure which kind. Probably whatever the lfs has in stock.
__________________

__________________
Whenever I watch the News, no matter what network it is, i'm like:
Lt. is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
5 gallon, 65 gallon, aquarium, freshwater, freshwater aquarium, gallon, stocking

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off








» Photo Contest Winners







All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:09 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.